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Most children daydream. Most children have imaginary friends they play out creative scenarios with. Their fantasy world is a simple, joyful distraction from their outer lives. Eventually their outer lives take root, and they grow out of it. Their playful fantasies become unnecessary as they develop more fulfilling relationships. Their fantasy dream world fades into the past as nothing but a wonderful childhood memory. Usually they forget it ever existed.
For some of us............it doesn't, and the consequences can be drastic.
For the past 30 years I've been living in an alternate reality that has completely taken over my life. Instead of fading into the past, it became my reality. The outside world faded & faded, and I've been fighting to reclaim it. Long past the point of being a joyful fantasy, it's become an addiction that I have unlimited access to. I have no self control. I can only distract myself out of it. I'm like an alcoholic with an unlimited supply of booze everywhere I go. When I do it too much I feel sick & dazed, yet I can't stop. I've stepped out into traffic & almost gotten myself killed more times than I can count. I've gotten better & am struggling to find footing in the outside world. In the meantime, I want to reach out.
This condition has a name. It's called Maladaptive Daydreaming, also known as Compulsive Fantasizing. I spent years feeling alone and scared, like I was the only one on the planet that could possibly be going through this. I felt like a freak. I was completely ashamed and scared to death anyone would find out. It's time to end that. We're not freaks. Our brains work differently. Maladaptive Daydreamers (Compulsive Fantasizers) lead unique and enriching lives. We have wondrous gifts and gut-wrenching struggles. For the good and the bad, this condition takes a lot of strength and energy to live with. I refuse to be ashamed, and I don't want anyone else to be either.
I know there are others out there who are experiencing a similar kind of condition. Hopefully they're not experiencing it to the extreme that I have. Either way, let's talk. Perhaps we can find some answers together.
This forum isn't just for Maladaptive Daydreamers (Compulsive Fantasizers). Many disorders do overlap. Feel free to discuss any that you like. Let's keep the dialog going.
One day, I hope we can all stand proud and learn to live the best of both worlds. Once we do, I'm sure we'll feel better off for having had this condition.
What are your current main plots in daydream land?I have a few recurring daydreams at the moment: My alter ego and her wife find a lost kid, and take her in and try and find her parents. Her parents are usually either very neglectful and did not…Continue
Hi Guys! I'm just new here so there's still little that I know of about this condition.. Can you help me out?Before finding out about Maladaptive Daydreaming, I've always thought that there is something in me, maybe my personality and thinking, that…Continue
Hi all,This came up in my Facebook news feed, not sure why. I have long thought of MDD as an addiction and from knowing myself and reading many posts here, MDDers do tend to be socially isolated. Now I admit that is a "chicken or egg" question,…Continue
For as long as I can remember I have been accused of lack of enthusiasm for things I do, even if I love them. When somebody asks "aren't you excited?" I simply can't find that connection. It's like that good feeling of being one with something is…Continue
I'm almost eighteen and female. I still live with my family; I will graduate high school in a few months. I only found out about MDD a few weeks ago, when I finally got up the courage to try to find out if anyone else dealt with something similar to…Continue
Hi all,How do you deal with MDD at work? I tend not to do it when my supervisor is with me in the room, but if I am alone (as I tend to be lately), it flares up immediately. There are deadlines to meet and things to do, but I feel that once I've got…Continue
The people I made up in my daydreams were entirely my own creation. They were never made from people I knew. Instead I dreamed them up from scratch, and sometimes the dreamer falls in love with his character.I was thinking that for each of my…Continue
Do your friends or family know about your daydreaming? What are their feelings/reactions to it? This is the only place where I can talk about my daydreaming. I've never told anyone and I'd be mortified if my family found out.Continue
I've found since I started taking paroxetine (paxil) in 2011, my daydreaming is practically non-existent. I just don't have any interest or I just can't get into it.I use to have MD really bad to the point where I couldn't focus on much at all.…Continue
A week before Halloween - 10/27/14. I quit...A lovely woman was coming to visit me in a few days. I had just realized how truly alone I was, and how great it felt having someone mean something to me so much...how much I'd love to be WITH someone.…Continue
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This is an article I wrote for my writing class about MD.
Out of My Mind…Continue